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Roasted Lemon Salmon and Asparagus Sheet Pan Meal (Video)

I love this ultra-simple Roasted Lemon Salmon and Asparagus Sheet Pan Meal, and this is perfect for an easy low-carb dinner! Anyone who likes salmon and asparagus is going to enjoy this recipe, I promise!

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If there’s one thing I know about the internet, it’s that things are always changing. For example, I first made this super-easy, cooks-in-one-pan, tastes-amazing Salmon and Asparagus Sheet Pan Meal back in 2011, long before anyone had even heard of Sheet Pan Meals. In the original version I mentioned it had three of my favorite ingredients (salmon, asparagus, and lemon) and said it was the type of recipe that always appeals to me. And sure enough, I’ve been making it pretty much every spring when fresh asparagus starts going on sale.

And when I made this again recently I decided to take photos to get better pictures for this favorite dinner. And I also decided to rename it Roasted Lemon Salmon and Asparagus Sheet Pan Meal, since that’s what people would be calling it these days, and I also changed the recipe to serve four, since that’s what most of my dinners are on the blog.

The new recipe for Salmon and Asparagus Sheet Pan Meal is just doubled, and I did things in a slightly different order which seemed to flow better for making this tasty one-pan meal. It’s asparagus season for a few months now, so grab some salmon, some asparagus, and a lemon and give this easy Salmon and Asparagus Sheet Pan Meal a whirl! And check out my other low-carb and keto sheet pan meals for even more tasty ideas for sheet pan meals!

What ingredients do you need for this recipe?

  • lemons
  • extra virgin olive oil (divided)
  • fresh asparagus
  • salt and fresh ground black pepper
  • salmon fillets
  • Szeged Fish Rub (affiliate link), or other fish rub of your choice

Roasted Lemon Salmon and Asparagus Sheet Pan Meal process shots collage

Easy Steps to Make Roasted Lemon Salmon and Asparagus Sheet Pan Meal:

(Scroll down for complete printable recipe, including nutritional information.)

  1. Break one piece of asparagus to see how much of the stem to trim, then trim all the other pieces to that point.
  2. Cut asparagus into pieces about 3 inches long. Toss the asparagus with 1 T. olive oil, salt, and fresh ground black pepper.
  3. Spray baking sheet with oil or non-stick spray, then spread the asparagus out in a single layer and start to roast in a preheated 450F/230C oven.
  4. Zest the lemons into a small bowl. Cut zested lemons in half and squeeze the juice into a different bowl, then add 2 T of lemon juice to the zest.  (I love lemon zest, so if you don’t you might not want that much.) Whisk 3 T extra virgin olive oil into the lemon zest and juice and set the lemon oil aside.
  5. Blot the salmon dry with paper towels, then rub rub each salmon filet with olive oil and season with salt and pepper and your favorite fish rub. I love Szeged Fish Rub (affiliate link), so I used some of that.
  6. After asparagus has roasted about 5 minutes (or a couple of minutes longer for thick spears) push it over and put the salmon filets on one end. 
  7. Continue to roast about 10 minutes more. My salmon was perfect after 10 minutes, but thicker pieces might need 1-2 minutes more.
  8. The fish should feel barely firm when it’s done. Drizzle salmon and asparagus with the lemon oil and serve hot.

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Make it a Meal:

I’d love this Salmon and Asparagus Sheet Pan Meal with The BEST Pureed Cauliflower with Garlic, Parmesan, and Goat Cheese or Cauliflower Rice with Basil, Parmesan, and Pine Nuts for a low-carb side dish.

More Ideas for Cooking Salmon:

Salmon and Avocado Stuffed Lettuce Wraps ~ Tried and Tasty
Foil-Baked Salmon with Basil Pesto and Tomatoes ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Miso-Sriracha Glazed Salmon ~ The Perfect Pantry
Roasted Asian Salmon and Green Beans Sheet Pan Meal ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Cracked Pepper Salmon ~ Texanerin Baking

Roasted Lemon Salmon and Asparagus Sheet Pan Meal

Roasted Lemon Salmon and Asparagus Sheet Pan Meal

Yield 4 servings
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 17 minutes
Total Time 37 minutes

This Roasted Lemon Salmon and Asparagus Sheet Pan Meal is delicious and incredibly simple to make.


  • 2 large lemons
  • 5 T extra virgin olive oil (divided)
  • 1 lb. fresh asparagus
  • salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
  • 4 6 oz. salmon fillets
  • Szeged Fish Rub for seasoning the salmon (or other fish rub of your choice)


  1. Preheat oven to 450F/230C.
  2. Spray baking sheet with non-stick spray or brush with olive oil.
  3. Hold an asparagus piece in both hands and bend until it snaps to see how much of the woody stem you should cut off.
  4. Then trim other pieces to that length and cut asparagus into pieces about 3 inches long.
  5. Put asparagus into a bowl and toss with 1 T olive oil plus salt and fresh-ground black pepper to taste.
  6. Spread out asparagus onto baking sheet so it’s in a single layer and roast for 5 minutes (or slightly longer if the asparagus pieces are extra thick.)
  7. While asparagus roasts use a microplane grater or small grater to zest the lemon rinds into a small measuring cup. (I used all the zest, but if you’re not that crazy about lemon zest you may not want it all.)
  8. Squeeze lemon juice into a small bowl, then measure 2 T juice and add to the lemon zest. (see notes)
  9. Whisk 3 T extra virgin olive oil into the lemon zest-juice, then set the lemon oil aside.
  10. Rub each piece of salmon on both sides with the other tablespoon of olive oil.
  11. Season salmon with salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste, and rub with Szeged Fish Rub (affiliate link).
  12. After 5 minutes, push the asparagus over so there is room and put the salmon pieces on the baking sheet.
  13. Put salmon and asparagus back into oven and roast for about 10 minutes longer (or possibly 1-2 minutes longer if your salmon pieces are extra thick.)
  14. This is done when the asparagus is starting to soften and salmon feels barely firm to the touch.
  15. Drizzle desired amount of lemon oil over salmon and asparagus and serve.


You can freeze the extra lemon juice if you have quite a bit.T

his recipe was barely adapted from one by Tony Rosenfield in Fine Cooking.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 710Total Fat: 46gSaturated Fat: 8gUnsaturated Fat: 35gCholesterol: 167mgSodium: 420mgCarbohydrates: 8.6gFiber: 4gSugar: 3gProtein: 64g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.

If you make this recipe I'd love to hear how it turns out. Leave a star rating or share on social media with the hashtag #KALYNSKITCHEN, thanks!

Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Asparagus and salmon are both perfect low-carb ingredients, making this Salmon and Asparagus Sheet Pan Meal a great meal for any phase of the South Beach Diet or pretty much any other low-carb eating plan, even Paleo or Whole 30.

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    52 Comments on “Roasted Lemon Salmon and Asparagus Sheet Pan Meal (Video)”

  1. Oh Kalyn, asparagus, wild salmon and lemon…I don't have to say anything more!

  2. This looks soo..good!!!

  3. Absolutely lovely photo and post!!! I hadn't seen this until today, but I made similar lamb with lemon zest, olive oil and herbs and I so agree! It just tastes like Spring!!!

  4. Pam, good to hear from a fellow asparagus-binger!

    Simona, hope you like it!

    Dara, more asparagus recipes coming soon. I do feel lucky to get all this great salmon.

  5. I can't wait to see all of your "asparagus binge" recipes. This salmon sounds wonderful. How lucky you are to have some wild Alaskan salmon!

  6. I have a nice bunch of asparagus and will try your recipe tonight (minus the salmon).

  7. Two great foods in a meal! It has to be delicious and we've been on an asparagus binge here also. Thanks for the recipe!

  8. It has really been nice to get the salmon from my brother. He gave me some halibut too, but I've eaten most of it, sigh.

  9. SO jealous that you have freshly caught salmon! Salmon and asparagus are the perfect pair in my humble opinion. Love the fact that this only uses one pan! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  10. I like lemon with salmon. I think your recipe will pair really with an Arugula salad that I recently concocted. http://cuceesprouts.com/2011/05/blueberry-surprise-salad/

  11. Katerina, actually I think a touch of Dijon would be great in the Double-Lemon oil!

  12. Who could blame you for being into (or sure obsessed) asparagus this time of year?

    Looks delicious and simple, I have trouble resisting adding Dijon to that sort of marinade.

  13. Maria, thanks. I could eat that on just about any type of fish or veggies.

    Maris, one-pan meals are always a plus!

  14. This is honestly the ultimate in perfection to me. I love salmom bioth for the taste and the health benefits,The addition of lemon must add alot. I adore asparagus and love one pan meals!

  15. A perfect meal. I love the double-lemon oil.

  16. Jeanette, thanks. I am crazy about lemon zest too, would put it in almost everything!

    Joanne, glad I'm not the only one going crazy over asparagus.

    Lydia, I was shocked at how much salmon and halibut my brother brought home. I think he's given it all away by now though.

    Dianabol, thanks!

  17. Great combination color and taste wise. Very springy.


  18. I love lemon with salmon; it cuts the oily quality of the fish a bit, but still lets the flavor shine through. And I love asparagus any way. Now, if your brother has extra salmon and is willing to ship to Rhode Island…..

  19. I've gone pretty crazy for asparagus lately also so bring. It. On.

    I also have some salmon in the freezer…perfect timing!

  20. What a lovely one pan meal Kalyn. Love lemon zest and what a great idea using lemon zest oil. Perfect for a Spring dinner!